Park Map

Park Map

amenities-map

The park is located at
1001 S. Gadsden Street, Tallahassee, FL (map)

  • Smokey Hollow Commemoration

    Smokey Hollow Commemoration

  • Capital Cascades Trail

    Capital Cascades Trail

    Capital Cascades Trail

    Capital Cascades Trail

  • History Monuments

    History Monuments

  • Smokey Hollow Pond

    Smokey Hollow Pond

  • Korean War Memorial

    Korean War Memorial

  • St. Augustine Branch Stream Restoration

    St. Augustine Branch Stream Restoration

  • Discovery

    Discovery

  • Meridian Plaza Signature Bridges

    Meridian Plaza Signature Bridges

  • Capital City Amphitheater

    Capital City Amphitheater

  • Meridian Plaza

    Meridian Plaza

  • Cascades Fountain

    Cascades Fountain

  • Imagination Fountain

    Imagination Fountain

  • Historic Electric Building

    Historic Electric Building

  • Centennial Field Commemoration

    Centennial Field Commemoration

  • Boca Chuba Pond

    Boca Chuba Pond

  • Historic Centennial Field Wall

    Historic Centennial Field Wall

  • Capital Cascades Pedestrian Bridge

    Capital Cascades Pedestrian Bridge

  • Pensacola/Meridian Gate

    Pensacola/Meridian Gate

  • Lafayette Gate

    Lafayette Gate

  • Gaines/Meridian Gate

    Gaines/Meridian Gate

  • Myers Park Gate

    Myers Park Gate

  • Bloxham/Gadsden Gate

    Bloxham/Gadsden Gate

  • Suwannee/Gadsden Gate

    Suwannee/Gadsden Gate

  • South Monroe Gate

    South Monroe Gate

  • Bloxham Gate

    Blowham Gate


Handicap Accessible Routes
Stairs
amphitheater Capital City Amphitheater: The centerpiece of the park is the gracefully canopied amphitheater. The stage, which measures 80 feet by 55 feet, is large enough to accommodate regional performances. Musical, theatrical, and other types of community events will have the opportunity to use the state-of-the-art house sound system. There are over 1,500 permanent seats, including spaces reserved for handicapped patrons, as well as seating for more than 2,000 in the landscaped seating area along the gently sloping bowl.
cascade fountain Cascade Fountain: This waterfall style fountain commemorates the selection of Florida’s capital in October 1823 by Dr. William H. Simmons of St. Augustine and John Lee Williams of Pensacola. These men were commissioned by Governor William P. Duval to find a compromise location for the capital between St. Augustine and Pensacola. The area around the Apalachee village of Tallahassee was selected. John Lee Williams eloquently described the area as follows:

“Doct. Simmons has agreed that the site should be fixed near the old fields abandoned by the Indians after Jackson’s invasion, but has not yet determined whether between the… old fields, or on a fine high lawn about a mile W. In both spots, the water is plenty and good.”

centennial field Centennial Field: Centennial Field was originally constructed in 1924 to commemorate Tallahassee’s 100th anniversary. Until its demolition in 1974, Centennial Field played host to sporting events, May Day celebrations, graduations, political rallies, and other activities. The Florida State University football team played its first three seasons here (1947-1949). The Tallahassee Capitals, a semi-pro baseball team called it home, and local high schools used it for sporting events and graduations. Remnants of Centennial Field, including the ticket windows in the lime rock wall are still visible in Cascades Park. This area of the park can be used for an informal game of baseball or soccer, picnics, and relaxation.
cascade fountain Imagination Fountain: During the day, over 60 jets entertain visitors with opportunities for water play. But, the real entertainment begins at night, when the fountain features a choreographed light, water, and sound show. It will certainly delight visitors of all ages!

trails Trails: There are over two miles of multi-use trails and sidewalks within the park. They connect to area trails and sidewalks to the north and south, creating a network that will increase accessibility and mobility within Tallahassee’s urban core while providing a lovely gateway to Downtown. For the fitness oriented, trail maps are provided to show distances and routes. Download Trail Map.


Smokey Hollow Commemoration

Smokey Hollow is nearing completion, but several amenities are not yet funded. See how you can leave your legacy!

The Smokey Hollow Commemoration evokes the former Smokey Hollow community from its place in Tallahassee’s history, renews its role in the present as a vibrant and family oriented place, and sustains the spirit of Smokey Hollow for future generations.

The impetus for this project began in 2004 and was led by the John G. Riley Center and Museum. Park planners were educated on the history of the area, that the soon to be 24 acre Cascades Park, in its earlier days, was a thriving black community of working to middle class residents. Most of the residents were renters, but many owned their homes, operated and owned businesses, and established churches and schools. Smokey Hollow was demolished through urban renewal in the late 1960′s. The project will bring healing as many former residents still hold feelings of anger, disappointment and shattered dreams of what their community would one day become.